Leaders stress safety ahead of Final Four celebrations

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Leaders from Michigan State University and the East Lansing community are stressing safety ahead of this weekend's MSU appearance in the Final Four.

“True Spartans celebrate with class,” said MSU Acting President Satish Udpa. “Our men’s basketball team has overcome many hurdles this year, and we as a community should celebrate them with honor and dignity.”

They are asking that all fans be aware of the consequences of attending unlawful and/or destructive gatherings.

“Destroying property and taking part in destructive gatherings are not Spartan traditions. These actions are incredibly dangerous and are an embarrassment to Spartans everywhere,” he added.

They are urging everyone to celebrate safely, win or loss, as the Spartans take on Texas Tech on Saturday.

“Observing is participating,” said Steve Gonzalez, deputy chief for the East Lansing Police Department. “Just by going to an unlawful gathering, you can be arrested.”

They are saying the following:
"Any student found responsible for participating in an unlawful assembly is subject to university sanctions, including expulsion or suspension. Additionally, anyone within 300 feet of an open fire who is not actively leaving the area faces a possible misdemeanor charge, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $550 fine."

“The team needs our support and enthusiasm,” he said. “As it represents our school in the Final Four, we need to remember everyone in our community represents our great school as well. On this bright stage we find ourselves, we must remember it is an honor to be a Spartan.”

Need a place to watch the game?
MSU will host a watch party in the Union Ballroom with free pop and popcorn.
Doors will open at 8 p.m.
Televisions also will be set up on the MSU Union main floor.

The game Saturday will tip off at approximately 8:50 p.m.



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